Policy and Research Specialist
Ben Daigle is a Policy and Research Specialist. Ben joined the IMRP team in September 2016. He assists with grant management and strategic planning for the Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents (CTCIP) Initiative, serves as administrator of the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, contributes to IMRP and CTCIP social media, and partners on other projects and events as needed.
Ben’s career reflects his commitment to social justice and collaborative community empowerment. In roles at the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services, he has fought for indigent persons’ rights through public policy advocacy and direct client representation. As project leader at the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (Division for Youth), Ben facilitated interagency juvenile justice reform efforts locally and across six municipalities, and formalized grantmaking to standardize review and embed results-based accountability (RBA). As public policy director at the Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA), he advocated to expand economic opportunity and managed statewide and New England-wide capacity-building grants. As project coordinator at the City of Bridgeport Department of Central Grants and Community Development, Ben managed a public-private initiative to build faith-based nonprofits’ capacity to prevent and reduce homelessness. As committee clerk and legislative aide at the Connecticut General Assembly, he supported diverse legislators and committees, working on issues such as government administration, higher education, workforce development, statewide conservation and development, and transportation. As a summer camp counselor and administrator in the Berkshires, Ben worked with campers and staff from across the globe, planning activities to foster respect and friendship through adventure and fun.
Ben has served on various nonprofit, civic, and political boards and committees. He holds BA, MPA, and JD degrees from the University of Connecticut, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar.